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Welcome to Elementary Education

The teaching of the Elementary Education Department is a reflection of the mission statement of the College of Education: to develop teachers who are effective, urban educators who are reflective, innovative and committed to diversity. We believe that this mission is based on important principles of learning that we try to demonstrate in our teaching with our students at WSU, and which they can then transform and enact in their own teaching. Some of these beliefs include the following:

  1. We believe that learning is sense making. For this reason we ask questions in our classes at WSU that encourage our students to share their problem solving strategies and offer reasoning for the hypotheses that they propose about different learning scenarios.
  2. We believe that learning is social. For this reason we encourage our WSU students to collaborate with their peers in various ways, such as assisting each other on technology projects, sharing their views on classroom readings, and working on some investigations together.
  3. We believe that learning is multimodal. For this reason we offer our WSU students opportunities to express their understanding of concepts and ideas through a variety of modalities, such as writing, dramatizing, speaking, drawing, constructing models, and incorporating music in their presentations.
  4. We believe that learning is making connections. For this reason we invite our WSU students to make personal connections to their work at the College by tying it to their background knowledge, interests and cultural values.
  5. We believe that learning is both a process and a product. For this reason we endeavor to cultivate important dispositions about learning in our WSU students, such as taking risks, persisting, inquiring, and valuing the contributions of others.
  6. We believe that learning is interdisciplinary. For this reason we develop learning experiences for our WSU students that allows them to use reading, writing, mathematics and the arts across subject fields.
  7. We believe that learning is central to a democratic society. For this reason we raise issues about equity and social justice, such as inviting our students to critique historical narratives, and analyzing who is privileged, marginalized and/or silenced in these accounts.

All of these beliefs demonstrate an asset model of learning. We believe that all students at WSU have important knowledge, dispositions and perspectives that are rich resources for their peers as well as the WSU faculty. In this sense we view our students as fellow learners who offer us as much as we offer them. It is a journey we travel together.


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College of Education High Five Literacy Program
October 2 2014
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College of Education High Five Literacy Program LOOKING FOR HELP IN READING AND WRITING FOR YOUR CHILDREN? The High Five Literacy Program at Wayne State University is open to students in grades 1-8.  The program will provide FREE tutoring in reading and writing skills on Wednesdays from October 2014 through April 2015.  Tutors are graduate students completing a master’s program in reading under the supervision of faculty in the Reading, Language, and Literature Program.   To Enroll in the High Five Literacy Program Download application:  http://coe.wayne.edu/ted/reading/tutoring_program.php   Attendance in the program on a regular basis will benefit both your child and the tutor.    Two (2) or more absences will result in your child being withdrawn for the program.  It is the parent or guardians responsibility to call and report absences.        APPLICANTS ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM WILL BE CONTACTED BY PHONE WITH THE STARTING DATE.  Due to overwhelming responses, we will be unable to contact each parent of applicants.  The program can accommodate a limited number of students, therefore, students will be selected on a first-come, first serve basis.  Students who are not selected will be placed on a waiting list until the next opening is available for the 2014-2015 school years.  Applicants must reapply each school year.   Where is Program Located? Sessions will be held at Wayne State University’s (Downtown Detroit Location) College of Education.  Transportation to and from tutoring sessions is the responsibility of the student’s parent or guardian.   Parking is available in Parking Structure No. 2, located on Anthony Wayne Drive, for $7.00.  There is often metered street parking available as well   The dates for the program are as follows: Beginning October 2014 – April 2015 Times 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED IF YOUR CHILD IS ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM!  
Apply NOW for GO-GIRL Winter 2015 Session
October 2 2014
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Applications for the Winter 2015 class of Gaining Options - Girls Investigate Real Life (GO-GIRL) are now available GO-GIRL is an 10 week Saturday enrichment program for seventh grade girls offered by the College of Education at Wayne State University.  The GO-GIRL curriculum is aligned with national and state standards for middle school mathematics.  During the program, girls engage in collaborative and cooperative learning, working in research teams with mentors from the Wayne State University College of Education.  The program integrates mathematics with social science research methods in a single-sex, technology-rich environment.  As part of the GO-GIRL program, students design a survey, collect, analyze and present their findings. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to explore the University campus and participate in field trips. Potential participants must complete an application and submit a recommendation from their teacher or other adult who knows the student. Applications are available on the GO-GIRL Website:gogirls@wayne.edu For more information contact Dr. Sally Roberts at gogirl@wayne.edu.  
College of Education Teacher Certification Meeting Schedule - RSVP Today!
October 2 2014
If you have a bachelor's degree in a field other than Education and would like to become a certified teacher, we invite you to attend an information meeting to learn more about the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) and Post-Bachelor Certification Programs at WSU. Attendees must possess or be within one year of completing a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university. 2015 Meeting Schedule:   Saturday, January 17, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Room 10 College of Education Main Campus Facilitator: Beverly E. Schneider   Thursday, February 5, 2015 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Macomb Campus Facilitator: Cheryl Cormier-Kuhn   Thursday, February 19, 2015 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Room 10 College of Education  Main Campus  Facilitator: Beverly E. Schneider Wednesday, April 15, 2015  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Room 156  Oakland Campus  Facilitator: Beverly E. Schneider   Saturday, May 9, 2015  10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Room 10 College of Education  Main Campus  Facilitator: Beverly E. Schneider   Wednesday, June 17, 2015  5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Room 10 College of Education  Main Campus  Facilitator: Beverly E. Schneider    Saturday, July 18, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Room 10 College of Education  Main Campus  Facilitator: Beverly E. Schneider   Friday, September 18, 2015  10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Room 10 College of Education  Main Campus  Facilitator: Beverly E. Schneider  
Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) Workshop
October 11 2014 at 9:00 AM
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WSU College of Education and the Wayne State Writing Project are offering students a preparation workshop for the Writing section of the PRE, Over 3 sessions, students will review test criteria, engage in writing simulations, experience writing groups, and receive 1:1 feedback from a writing coach. Whether you are preparing to apply to Level 2 in the College of Education or are nervious about the PRE, we can help!  
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